*ANTHRO 1686. The Anthropology of Energy: Power, Politics and Pollution

This class will investigate how humans engage with their environing worlds (and each other) in the context of energy exploration, production, consumption and distribution.  Drawing from a range of energy ethnographies (e.g. fracking, nuclear power, clean energy, the commodities market, etc.), students will be able to assess a wide range of cultural ecologies and ‘realities’.  Students will learn some of the emergent concepts driving contemporary anthropology theory-building including infrastructures, crisis anthropology, the Anthropocene, energopolitics and energopower. One of the major aims of the course is to uncover how ideologies and the politics of energy and energy discourse continue to shape people’s histories and futures in dynamic and uneven ways.


Philip Kao






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